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Herndon, Virginia, U.S.A. 2006 Soft Cover New 5 1/2 x 9. This is a new book with minimal shelfwear and remainder on bottom edge. Explores the events, processes, and impacts of ... WWII's meetings and summits that provided political and strategic framework for the war. Illustrated. Read more Show Less

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Most of World War II's key events have been exhaustively documented and analyzed during the past sixty years, together with virtually every aspect of the lives and actions of the political leaders, the generals, and the millions of military and civilian personnel involved. However, the vital process that provided the political and strategic framework to enable them to direct the war - the Allied war summits - has not been considered in recent times.

Comprehensive and authoritative, War Summits charts the problems and the compromises, the discussions and the negotiations, the successes and the failures of the U.S., British, and Soviet allies from 1941 to 1945. David Stone highlights the sometimes less than altruistic national agendas, the well-founded doubts and uncertainties, and the recurring suspicions of Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin and their advisers. And Stone relates the strategic planning process directly to its impact upon events on the battlefield and, finally, to the way in which the whole post-1945 world - including the United Nations, the nuclear dimension, and the impending Cold War - was directly shaped by the war summits' process. Political and military historians, political leaders involved with foreign affairs and strategic planning, professional military personnel, and general readers of modern history will find this work of compelling interest.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574889024
  • Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/31/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Stone served as an infantry officer in the British Army for more than thirty-five years, during which time many of his assignments were in Germany. His books include "First Reich": Inside the German Army During the War with France, 1870-71; Wars of the Cold War; Campaigns and Conflicts, 1945–1990; and War Summits: The Meetings That Shaped World War II and the Postwar World (Potomac Books, Inc., 2005). He lives in Devon, England.

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Table of Contents

1 A world in turmoil, 1939-1941 3
2 Genesis of the warlords : Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt, 1874-1941 20
3 The road to "Arcadia" : Placentia Bay and the Atlantic Charter 33
4 The "Arcadia" Conference and the Pacific dimension, December 22, 1941, to January 14, 1942 43
5 Arcadian aftermath : Europe or North Africa? 50
6 In the bear's lair : the first Moscow Conference, August 1942 58
7 End of the beginning : North Africa and the Eastern Front, 1942 64
8 Global strategy and unconditional surrender : the Casablanca Conference, January 14-24, 1943 70
9 Sicily, Italy, and the second front : the "Trident" Conference, May 12-25, 1943 78
10 Italy, the Pacific, and Operation "Overlord" : the "Quadrant" Conference, August 14-24, 1943 85
11 Toward the power of three : Moscow and Cairo, October to November 1943 94
12 The power of three : the Tehran Conference, November 1943 115
13 The fruits of their labors, December 1943 to July 1944 145
14 Idealism and realism : the Dumbarton Oaks Conference, August 21 to October 9, 1944 174
15 Strategy, economics and "tube alloys" : the "Octagon" Conference, September 12-16, 1944, and the Hyde Park meeting, September 19, 1944 180
16 The bear and the bulldog : the "Tolstoy" Conference, October 9-19, 1944 194
17 Matters of war and peace : the "Argonaut" Conferences, January 20 to February 11, 1945 208
18 Gotterdammerung : the final defeat of Germany, March to May 1945 226
19 Anatomy of a war summit : the "Terminal" Conference, July 17 to August 2, 1945 237
20 Quo Vadis? : war summits and the postwar world 264
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